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  • Dreams from My Father

  • A Story of Race and Inheritance
  • By: Barack Obama
  • Narrated by: Barack Obama
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 569
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

Dreams from My Father is a masterpiece: a refreshing, revealing portrait of a young man asking the big questions about identity and belonging. The son of a black African father and a white American mother, Obama recounts an emotional odyssey. He retraces the migration of his mother's family from Kansas to Hawaii, then to his childhood home in Indonesia. Finally he travels to Kenya, where he confronts the bitter truth of his father's life and at last reconciles his divided inheritance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring

  • By Mr. Elbow on 04-10-16

worth every second!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-12-16

An amazing story! very emotional uplifting, and in unforgettable. An absolute must read/ listen. Excellent!

  • Oliver Twist

  • By: Charles Dickens
  • Narrated by: Peter Batchelor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Born to an unmarried woman who dies after giving birth, orphan Oliver Twist seems destined to slog through a dismal life in the workhouse. A rebellious cry for more gets Oliver banished, and ultimately lands him on the dismal streets of London. The young outcast finds refuge with Fagin and his band of thieves before fate intervenes and puts Oliver in the hands of a kindly benefactor. It is likely that Dickens's own early youth as a child labourer contributed to the story's development.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Some missing text and detail

  • By BoleynBob on 19-09-16

A story full of twists and turns.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-07-16

You may struggle at first but keep on reading/listening. This story definitely has a very worth while ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Steve Jobs

  • The Exclusive Biography
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker, Walter Isaacson (introduction)
  • Length: 25 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,478
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203

In Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography, Walter Isaacson provides an extraordinary account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members and key colleagues from Apple and its competitors, this is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Adam on 01-11-11

great story but too much swearing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-05-16

You cant listen to this with kids arround or in public places. You just don't know what swear words are going to be shouted out! Nonetheless it is a great biography very balanced showing the good and bad sides. Also, it's really shocking that he was so cruel at times and yet so great.

  • Long Walk to Freedom, Vol. 1

  • 1918-1962
  • By: Nelson Mandela
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman, Kofi Annan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly recreates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. From his beginning in the Transkei to his being taken to Robben Island, this is the remarkable story of how a man rose so far, only to be sentenced to life imprisonment. Emotive and compelling, this is the story of an epic life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Narrator, Great History

  • By Donn Edwards on 10-12-13

One of the best autobiography ever written!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-16

This is, by far, one of the best autobiography ever written! It's narrated like a novel, full of political and military lessons as well as key principles of life. This first volume will take you on a roller coaster ride full of suspense and thrills. Take lessons about life in an apartheid state and build an extensive vocabulary from a village boy who became a lawyer then an outlaw and later went on to make history!

  • The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Clayborne Carson - editor
  • Narrated by: Levar Burton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90

He was a husband, a father, a preacher - and the preeminent leader of a movement that continues to transform America and the world.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not complete

  • By Anonymous User on 23-01-18

Inspirational

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-02-16

This is truly an insightful window of history in the making. It gives and explains the reasons and principles which were the driving spirits of the heart and mind within one of the greatest men who has ever lived. Although 1% of the recordings are not clear, the speeches are beautifully blended with the narration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s trials and tribulations.

  • Malcolm X

  • By Any Means Necessary
  • By: Walter Dean Myers
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

As a 14-year-old he was Malcolm Little, the president of his class and a top student. At 16 he was hustling tips at a Boston nightclub. At 20 "Detroit Red" was in prison. It was there Malcolm Little started the journey that would lead him to adopt the name Malcolm X, and develop his beliefs about what being black means in America: beliefs that shook America then, and still shake America today. His significant role in the Nation of Islam and eventual split from it, along with his journey to Mecca, followed by his assassination in Harlem are chronicled in this fascinating portrait.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good concise biography

  • By Shakeel on 28-03-17

Absolutely and unbelievably OUTSTANDING!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-02-16

This is grappling stuff. I couldn't stop listening from beginning till end. This is very educational in a very balanced way with reference to J. F. Kennedy, Mohammad Ali, Rose Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Leaders of Africa, China, Cuba, Arabia and so much more. It's also about his childhood, teenage years, Prison, Nation of Islam, Hajj Married life and fame, as well as his death and the death of many great people who contributed so much to racial justice and opened an new page in humanity as they left a legacy for all to learn from. This audio is absolutely outstanding and an absolute must have!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Malcolm X: The Last Speeches

  • By: Malcolm X
  • Narrated by: Malcolm X
  • Length: 1 hr and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

"Any kind of movement for freedom of Black people based solely within the confines of America is absolutely doomed to fail." Speeches and interviews from the last two years of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utterly Brilliant

  • By Ozzymandias on 27-08-16

Racist Propaganda for Black Power!

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-16

Chapters 1 to 23 are nothing more than racist views of black power and superiority over white people. It's quite annoyingly that the audio sample gives the misleading impression that the audio is full speech that came after Malcolm X's racist day with the nation of Islam. Please NOTE this audion is full of racist propergation which Malcolm X had denounced after leaving the nation of Islam. Hence it is aguable that Malcolm X would NOT want such racist speeches propergated after he had denounced them and changed his views!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very disturbing!

0 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Book 1

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,756
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,761

Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry's eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Fryed Potter

  • By Simon on 20-11-15

Manically Unforgettable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-01-16

Loved it; couldn't stop listening and reading. Absolutely funny, outstanding and encapsulating. Every chapter has a mini adventure which keeps you wanting more.